Take an eight-night break to discover some of the iconic cities of Italy. Start the adventure with unravelling the mysteries of Rome, the famous Eternal City and proceed to the charming city of Florence housing famous art galleries. Then, head to Venice known for its canals dotted with charming gondolas. Before going back home, spend a couple of nights in Milan, hub of high-end shopping and elegance.
After eventful days and unravelling the cities’ mysteries, unwind in the conveniently located hotels which offer contemporary accommodation in en suite rooms.
- Outbound: flight from London, Bristol, Manchester or Edinburgh to Rome
- 2 nights in Rome
- Train from Rome to Florence
- 2 nights in Florence
- Train from Florence to Venice
- 2 nights in Venice
- Train from Venice to Milan
- 2 nights in Milan
- Inbound: flight back from Milan to London, Bristol, Manchester or Edinburgh
- MF Hotel or Romoli Hotel in Rome
- Hotel Diva or Meridiana Hotel in Florence
- Hotel Aaron or San Carlo Hotel in Venice
- Best Western Hotel Astoria or Berlino Hotel in Milan
Groupon’s Guide To Venice
The capital of the Veneto region, listed as a World Heritage Site, Venice is set on a group of 118 small islands separated by a labyrinth of canals and linked by century-old bridges. Collonaded squares, domes and arches can be seen while on a sleek motorboat or during a gondola ride that will carry visitors through the city’s main waterways.
Tourists shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to visit the Doge’s Palace, a symbol of the republic’s wealth and mastery over land and sea. On the eastern end of St. Mark’s Square, the world-renowned Byzantine basilica has become a landmark of the city with its four bulbous domes and golden mosaics. Throughout the cobbled streets, there are countless shops where travellers can pick out unique handmade masks painted according to the 800-year-old Venetian tradition.
Groupon’s Guide To Florence
Florence is a treasure trove of art and architecture, with numerous museums and galleries. Considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, the Tuscan capital is sprinkled with terracotta and ancient Carrara marble, as well as grand buildings and monuments that proudly stake their claim for admiration. Boasting vast iron and glass structure, Piazza San Lorenzo is one of the most authentic covered marketplaces in Florence, with fruit and veg stalls, Tuscan trinket sellers, and historic restaurants. Masterpieces of modern fashion come in plenty on Florence’s hip Via dei Calzaiuoli and Via de Tornabuoni, which boast high-end boutiques, filled with haute couture pieces. After long days of traditional dining and market strolling, visitors can head to the Piazza Michelangelo for sunset shots, live music and Italian atmosphere at its finest.
Groupon’s Guide To Rome
From famous historic sites to relatively obscure catacombs, basilicas, fountains and museums, the Eternal City has many things to offer, as historic landmarks go hand in hand with the vibrant city nightlife.
Passing through old cobblestone streets and ruins, visitors can catch a glimpse of Rome’s main attractions such as the Pantheon, one of the best kept classical architecture buildings in the world, the iconic Trevi Fountain and the Vatican Museums. Sweeping views of the city can be captured on film and camera from the Spanish Steps, where holidaymakers can unwind over a prosciutto panini or a gelato after a day of exploring numerous shopping centres and bazaars. Nestled beneath the Vatican walls, the Prati district mixes elegant office buildings with high-end boutiques and public squares, while imposing military barracks and Museo delle Anime dei Defunti provides a unique experience. Tourists can also get a taste of a typical Italian night out by visiting local restaurants, bars and clubs and enjoying a classic pizza or pasta.
Groupon’s Guide To Milan
A magnet for designers, artists, photographers, and models, Milan is one of the world’s fashion centres, boasting an elegant backdrop rooted in Roman times.
From its imposing historic centre and fashion districts to the countryside outskirts, Milan is a rare and appealing mixture of ancient values and contemporary lifestyle. The Navigli area features an abundance of restaurants, ranging from pizzerias to fine seafood haunts, while Piazza del Duomo, boasting the Milan Cathedral, one of the largest cathedrals in the world guarding the city’s cobblestoned streets since 1385, opens to shops, theatres, museums, and galleries in the city centre. Big fashion names can be found in the Corso Buenos Aires or Corso Vercelli, and cultural sights are plentiful, including attractions such as the Sforza Castle. Art lovers will rejoice at the chance to take in Italian art from the 14th century to modern times at Pinacoteca di Brera. Milan has a humid subtropical climate with hot days of summer and humid rather cold days of winter. During summer, the temperatures are expected to be around 21°C and sometimes a sudden rain accompanied by thunderstorms will thrill the cityscape. Spring and autumn come with moderate weather conditions when the nights will be colder than the days, and rainy moments will be frequent. Winter knocks at the door with temperatures around 7°C, but the sun won’t shine like in the previous months.